Quiksilver's Gone Tomorrow

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mikey, Jeremy and the entire Quiksilver team went absolutely bonkers in France. With huge performances throughout this edit, make sure you stick around for Mikey's insane closing section for some of the best surfing you'll see all year. Film / edit by Jimmy Graham & Wade Carroll. Board breakdowns, below:

 

Mikey (6'0" / 78kg)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L

 

Jeremy (5'9" / 68kg)

MONSTA 6 - 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L 


All the Best from France

Monday, October 16, 2017

Classic Parko on a classic day in Hossegor. Photo Trevor Moran 

On rail or smashing the lip, Joel was in rhythm all the way to another solid quarterfinal finish. Photo Trevor Moran

With a solid range of conditions, from head high runners to double overhead tubes, Joel went with a couple of his favourite all-rounders throughout the Quik Pro - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6's. Photo Ryan Miller  


Fred, going big for the Quik Pro masses. Photo Trevor Moran

Another event with running righthanders and another giant fan from Freddy. Photo Trevor Moran

Ever since his breakout final finish in JBay, one of Freddy's go-to boards has been his slightly thicker/wider Monsta 6 shortboard dims, 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L (he's 6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

If anyone's used to flying through a beachbreak barrel just metres from the beach, it's this guy. Jeremy, playing the hometown hero. Photo Trevor Moran

Jezza, making it rain on another dreamy Quik Pro day. Photo Trevor Moran

From his world-class tube riding to insane rail game, Jezza's honed a lot of his skills right here in Hossegor. Lately, his favourite all-rounder has been a 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L Monsta 6, geared with the FCS Carver template in medium (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller. 

Ace, finding plenty of room to work that razor sharp backhand. Photo Trevor Moran

With a plenty of smaller days in the Quik Pro warm-ups, Ace was straight onto the same HYFI that he rode all the way to the semis at Trestles - a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L Monsta 6  (he's 5'9" / 76kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Julian, going huge on the end section. Photo Trevor Moran

Deep tracks on another perfect La Graviere canvas. Photo Trevor Moran 

With a bottom turn like that, it's no surprise JW has this much power through the lip. From Trestles through to France's super fun mix of beachies, one of Jules' go-to boards has been his Air 17, 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Trevor Moran. 

Owen, knifing through one of the waves of the event. Photo Trevor Moran. 

One of the most perfect turns in surfing, O's backhand blowtail. Photo Ryan Miller

Just like almost every other event held in waves with good shape this year, Owen's go-to has been a Forget Me Not in his shortboard size - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L. Photo Ryan Miller

Courtney, showing the kind of commitment that's got her to an event win in Fiji during her first event riding Traktors, and now to #3 in the world post-France. 

Ready for some R&D on her bright new quiver - Monsta 6's 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.4L (she's 5'9" / 63kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Sal, laying rail on her way to another huge semi-final finish and more time in the yellow jersey. Photo Ryan Miller

Throughout Europe, Sal's kept her #1 ranking in a huge range of conditions riding her favourite Monsta 6 all-rounders, including a 5'7 1/2" x 17 7/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.4L round tail (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Trevor Moran

 


Julian x California 2017

Monday, October 02, 2017

After taking apart Lowers for the last few weeks straight, Jules now sits at number three in the world heading into Europe and dropped this banger of a clip. Board breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

AIR 17 - 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L


Lowers Lights Up

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Full of confidence, Julian was throwing everything at the first section every time he took off. Nose picked, mid-rotation, one foot on the board... all control. Photo Trevor Moran

From dominating at Teahupo'o on Forget Me Nots, to throwing down some of the performances of the event so far at Trestles on his Air 17s, Jules' mid-year momentum looks unstoppable. Some of his go-to Air 17s in this new Lowers quiver are 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2, geared with his signature FCS template in large. Photo Ryan Miller 

Jeremy, on fire with a torque & technique masterclass. Photo Trevor Moran

Same Jezza, same board, but twice the size of yesterday. It pays to have a good all-rounder! Monsta 6, 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Freddy, powering straight through to the quarters. Photo Trevor Moran

While Fred rode a 6'2" Forget Me Not in almost everything at solid JBay, the range of conditions so far at Lowers have him reaching for the same Monsta 6 in his slightly thicker/wider shortboard dims - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L (he's 6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, laying rail on his forehand en route to a big win over Wiggolly in round three. Photo Trevor Moran

Like most of the team, as Lowers gets bigger and better Ace is sticking with his favourite all-rounder. Right now, it's a HYFI Monsta 6, and it's giving that razor sharp backhand even more spring than ever before. Photo Trevor Moran


Just like his shortboard in HYFI that he used on the way to making the final in Brazil, this Monsta 6 in our new tech is Ace's go-to so far in California - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L (he's 5'9" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller 


Early Days at the Hurley Pro

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

JS, talking boards in the locker room with a few of the Traktor Team on opening day. Clip Peter King 

Fred, going big on his way to round three. Photo Trevor Moran

From the JBay final to current Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Fred's power game has delivered heavily so far in 2017. Photo Trevor Moran

With smaller but still rippable walls on offer, he went with his regular shortboard in slightly thicker, wider dims - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L (he's 6'1" / 81kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Owen, throwing tail in round one. Despite looking super sharp on the few quality waves that came through, he lost a tight one to Jeremy. Photo Trevor Moran


After surfing a bunch of quality waves recently on Forget Me Nots, Hurley Pro opening day had O going back to his favourite Monsta 6, in the same dims that he used to win at Snapper - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy, stamping some authority on the end section, en route to round three. Photo Trevor Moran


Jezza's made the final at a Trestles event before, and he's right back on the same dims that got him there - Monsta 6 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Fast, polished, and progressive as ever. Hiroto, tail high on his way to the first CT heat win of his career. Photo Trevor Moran 

Hiroto and his go-to Monsta 6, 5'8 1/2" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L (he's 5'4" / 64kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, putting that razor sharp backhand to work on his way to a big round two heat win. Photo Trevor Moran


From home to Hawaii, Brazil and California, Ace has been loving his HYFIs over the last year - especially in conditions like the Hurley Pro's seen so far. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a HYFI Monsta 6 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, exploding through the Lowers left. Photo Trevor Moran

Since taking top honours at Teahupo'o, Jules and JS have put a lot of work into refining his Air 17s, where now he has a full quiver of new shortboards completely dialled in for Lowers. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Ryan Miller

Sometimes, getting to town extra early is well worth it, especially when the forecast plays out like this year. Jules, looking fast and loose in the warm-ups. Clip Jimmy Lees.


Mikey Wright spring-loaded on the HYFI Nitro & PsychoNitro

Monday, September 04, 2017

With the QS travelling from Huntington to Spain’s fickle beachies, Mikey’s surfed his fair share of average waves lately. Back home, the Gold Coast also saw a terrible run of surf between contests, with classic early spring onshores and barely any swell. Thankfully, we had the perfect boards to test at the time, with Mikey flairing on both HYFI Nitro’s and Psycho Nitro’s, often in waves we wouldn’t have even bothered looking at without the right grovellers. Board breakdowns, below (he’s 6’0” / 78kg):

HYFI NITRO - 5'7" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L 

HYFI PSYCHO NITRO - 5'5" x 19 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 29.3L 

Mikey's HYFI Nitro, geared with our FCS template in large for maximum drive and flow. 

The Nitro's even shorter, wider, younger brother - our Psycho Nitro, in HYFI. 


Julian Wilson, Champion in Tahiti

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jules, seconds after his victory lap to seal CT win number three! Photo Ryan Miller 

After three days of non-stop, cutthroat competition, Julian Wilson is the new Billabong Pro Tahiti champion! Our boy built from start to finish, coming from behind in the final to lock in his two best waves of the entire event to overcome a combo from Medina. With so much hard work from Jules in reef break tubes over the last few years, plus a lot of R&D alongside JS on nailing the right boards, we're over the moon to see J-Dub take such a well earned victory at Teahupo'o. Bring on Trestles!  

Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

Between rain squalls and onshores, there was still plenty of perfection to be found. Jules, locked into one of the waves of the event on Saturday. Photo Ryan Miller

From Cloudbreak to Teahupo'o, we've seen a lot of small to mid-size waves mixing performance with tube riding. Throughout the dream tour leg we've seen Jules use a range of Forget Me Not's, including several in his shortboard size - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.6L. Fin setups have also changed depending on conditions, with the choice in Tahiti being his signature JW thruster set in large (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Extra insight from the man himself on his go-to board this year in Tahiti! Clip Peter King / WSL

Julian's commitment to the treacherous inside section (especially against Ace) had him on the ski more often than most. Thanks to these guys, he made it to the podium almost completely unscathed. Celebration time! Photo Ryan Miller

It's definitely no coincidence that the latest in a long line of battles between these two guys was the best final of the year so far... think the World Title race just got even more interesting? Photo Ryan Miller. 


Mikey Wright in ROOT

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In the water Mikey never gives less than 100%. Because of that, giant air attempts landed him out of the water and in recovery mode on more than one occasion in 2016. But in 2017, a lot more's gone his way thanks to hard work, plenty of rehab, and of course a huge amount of talent. From a semi-finals finish in the first QS 10,000 of the year in Ballito, to a West Aus trip that produced some of the most entertaining clips of the year, our boy's building towards big things. ROOT is the latest edit from Mikey and all-round legend Wade Carroll, and it's got everything you could ever want in 4 minutes of brutality. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 78kg): 

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

AIR 17 - 5'11 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.8L 

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 round - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L 

Fresh shortboards about to pass the old "under arm" test. HYFI Monsta 6, and an Air 17, ready for some small wave schralping. 

Mikey, casual amongst the chaos. Photo Andrew Shield


Owen's Teahupo'o Blades

Monday, August 07, 2017

 

 

After a solid showing at perfect JBay, Owen's off to one of his favourite waves in the world for the next CT stop - Teahupo'o. Over the last few years he's had perfect 10s, finals, and some of the most memorable performances of all-time, including the AI award for commitment during 2014's huge swell. Quite simply, Tahiti's most famous and dangerous wave takes a very special surfer to rise to the challenge, and Owen is one of the rare few equipped to do just that. Here's what O's packing (he's 6'3" / 76kg): 

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L

FMN STEP UP - 6'6" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.9L

FMN STEP UP - 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L

FMN STEP UP - 6'10" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 32L

 

From packing closeouts to charging (and making) some of the best tubes of the day, it was waves like this that made O an easy choice for the AI award in 2014. Photo WSL / Will Hayden-Smith


Non-Stop Perfection in SA

Friday, July 21, 2017

The last men standing at JBay, both owners of perfect 10s, a couple of hard fought trophies, and the obligatory face full of our title sponsor's suds. What a week! Photo Ryan Miller

With JBay firing non-stop from the warm-ups to just about every round of competition, Fred stuck with one of his favourite slight step-ups all the way to the finals. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Forget Me Not squash tail. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, using every inch of that longer rail line (and longer frame) on another dreamy Supers canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian looked incredibly sharp right from the start in SA, and kept delivering all the way through to another huge semi-final result at one of his favourite waves. Photo Trevor Moran

From throwing down 10s with tubes like this, to laying into some of the best rail turns of the event, Jules is a perennial standout at the best point break in the world. Photo Trevor Moran

J-Dub, heavy on the back foot. Similar to Fred, he went with a slight step up 6'2" Forget Me Not on the bigger days, but also switched to several other favourites - including his regular shortboard (Monsta 6, 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L). Photo Trevor Moran


Another brand new gem made especially for the Jefferies Bay points was this FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. With Joel, Jules and JS himself experimenting even more with channels this year (and absolutely loving them when conditions call for it) we've made them available on all PU custom orders for that extra bit of drive and speed in good waves. Photo Trevor Moran

JBay 2017's already guaranteed to be one of the most memorable CT events in recent memory for everyone around the world, but for this guy, it's just about the biggest milestone of his career so far. Congratulations Fred! Photo Trevor Moran


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